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07-14-11, 01:02 PM
Replies: 813
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Posted By silentben

Congrats on your purchase! And I think your...

Congrats on your purchase! And I think your decision is quite rational and sane. Think of it as a prepaid gym membership for the next few years that happens to be a whole lot more fun.
07-13-11, 05:37 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 376
Posted By silentben

Not to be inhospitable but you could also go for...

Not to be inhospitable but you could also go for a test ride at any bike shop. That way you could also ride rival/force/red in a row since they have different feels.
07-12-11, 12:03 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 911
Posted By silentben

Awesome video! I like the snowball cameo

Awesome video! I like the snowball cameo
07-10-11, 11:23 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,222
Posted By silentben

We'll see. Maybe in a year I'll feel like doing...

We'll see. Maybe in a year I'll feel like doing it again :)
07-10-11, 11:18 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,222
Posted By silentben

I left home with the following: 1 bottle of...

I left home with the following:

1 bottle of perpetuem (2 scoops)
1 bottle of water

4 baggies of perpetuem (2 scoops each)
4 stinger honey waffles
2 clif mojo bars
4 clif shots
07-10-11, 12:45 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,222
Posted By silentben

Well it took me longer than expected but I did...

Well it took me longer than expected but I did finish the ride.

The short version:

Left home at 3:59am, or 9 minutes later than planned. I had to catch the train at 4:30am and it's a 10.4 mile...
07-05-11, 05:17 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,222
Posted By silentben

Hey turkey, It looks like your proposed route...

Hey turkey, It looks like your proposed route would add about 25 miles to the ride. It looks like an interesting route. However I've scouted out potential water and food stops for my original route...
07-01-11, 12:58 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,222
Posted By silentben

Ooh, I forgot about San Bruno. Maybe for next...

Ooh, I forgot about San Bruno. Maybe for next year!
07-01-11, 10:53 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,222
Posted By silentben

Sweet! We should be able to fill up on water in...

Sweet! We should be able to fill up on water in Livermore and again at the junction but thanks for the offer.
06-29-11, 11:19 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 2,363
Posted By silentben

At least yesterday was a (relatively) warm rain!...

At least yesterday was a (relatively) warm rain! I never saw below 60 degrees on my commute home.
06-28-11, 03:37 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 619
Posted By silentben

One time after fixing a flat I forgot a nice tire...

One time after fixing a flat I forgot a nice tire lever out on Uvas road and didn't realize it until I got home. I hope someone found it and got some good use out of it!
06-27-11, 03:44 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,222
Posted By silentben

We'll turn onto Mines road at mile 141. It's...

We'll turn onto Mines road at mile 141. It's hard to anticipate what the pace will be like up to that point but taking a wild stab I'd say 4:00pm +/- 45 minutes. From that point it's at least 4.5...
06-27-11, 03:10 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,222
Posted By silentben

Sure it will be a long day and a tough ride but...

Sure it will be a long day and a tough ride but it's not exactly pushing the limits of cycling. By randonneuring standards the ride isn't even all that long - only 350km.
06-19-11, 12:50 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,222
Posted By silentben

I used to drive Hwy 37 a lot when I lived in...

I used to drive Hwy 37 a lot when I lived in Larkspur and visited friends/family in Sacramento. I honestly don't remember it being that bad but then again I wasn't a cyclist then and wasn't...
06-17-11, 12:41 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 918
Posted By silentben

Won't be doing the ride this year but I wore my...

Won't be doing the ride this year but I wore my "I did it!" t-shirt to work today. Have a great ride!
06-17-11, 12:38 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,222
Posted By silentben

Here's what I turned up about Hwy 37 that...

Here's what I turned up about Hwy 37 that suggests it's quite rideable even if not that pleasant:

http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php/223857-Vallejo-to-Novato-on-Hwy.-37

There's only one...
06-16-11, 04:23 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,222
Posted By silentben

I thought about something like that (doubling...

I thought about something like that (doubling back to SF and then taking BART to Pleasant Hill). It would save about 40 miles of riding. When you consider the time spent waiting for and then riding...
06-16-11, 03:44 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,222
Posted By silentben

The Junction cafe is open until 9pm on Friday (or...

The Junction cafe is open until 9pm on Friday (or at least that's what their web site says) so I should be able to get food and water there.

Good point about it taking longer to get food and water...
06-15-11, 06:05 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,222
Posted By silentben

Tam, Diablo, and Hamilton in one day

What
Climb three prominent Bay Area peaks in one day without a car.

Why
This idea has appealed to me for a few years for a few reasons:
* Tam, Diablo, and Hamilton are the three best-known...
06-14-11, 11:19 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,126
Posted By silentben

I have a lot of respect for you for completing...

I have a lot of respect for you for completing all passes and still finding time to snap some amazing photos. Congrats on finishing and thanks for the ride report!
05-04-11, 11:51 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 1,988
Posted By silentben

I am lucky enough to be able to bike to work most...

I am lucky enough to be able to bike to work most days and I'll be riding in on May 12th. The only difference will be that I get free breakfast provided by my work! Nice to get a little something...
04-27-11, 10:16 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 883
Posted By silentben

I work nearby so a weekday at 6pm would be ideal!

I work nearby so a weekday at 6pm would be ideal!
03-13-11, 12:40 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,340
Posted By silentben

According to strava your time up the back side of...

According to strava your time up the back side of Ham was 10 minutes faster than mine. I didn't eat enough on Mines road and then overcompensated with the pulled pork sandwich (plus sweet potato...
03-11-11, 12:04 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,340
Posted By silentben

This sounds like a fun little loop! I'm thinking...

This sounds like a fun little loop! I'm thinking about riding to the start and then skipping the Sierra part and just taking Quimby home. That would keep it to a reasonable 130 miles for the day...
01-06-11, 01:01 AM
Replies: 4,179
Views: 260,285
Posted By silentben

The second shot is iconic. Hwy 1 northbound...

The second shot is iconic. Hwy 1 northbound between Stage and Tunitas :)
12-19-10, 10:16 PM
Replies: 217
Views: 8,727
Posted By silentben

Dang, need to work on my reading comprehension. ...

Dang, need to work on my reading comprehension. Double dang that I already have a commitment that day so no ride for me this year
12-19-10, 03:52 PM
Replies: 217
Views: 8,727
Posted By silentben

I want to do this ride but it seems that Quack...

I want to do this ride but it seems that Quack Cyclists don't publish info about it until next month. Based on previous ride reports it looks like this is traditionally on the third Saturday in...
11-27-10, 12:53 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,822
Posted By silentben

Nice report and pics Pete. I really like the one...

Nice report and pics Pete. I really like the one shot through your back wheel. Very creative!
11-23-10, 11:07 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,029
Posted By silentben

I'm heading out the door at 6:15am and doing a...

I'm heading out the door at 6:15am and doing a double metric century :eek: I figure better cold than wet!
11-22-10, 08:37 PM
Replies: 4,179
Views: 260,285
Posted By silentben

I have the week off and so I tried to go visit...

I have the week off and so I tried to go visit the snow on Mt. Hamilton. Unfortunately the park rangers decided to spoil my plans by closing the road.

I stopped and talked to the ranger at bottom...
11-22-10, 01:14 AM
Replies: 4,179
Views: 260,285
Posted By silentben

On Saturday I did the Low-key Hillclimb of Hicks...

On Saturday I did the Low-key Hillclimb of Hicks and Umunhum roads. I rode to the start and got there about 50 minutes early so after checking in and donating my $10, I headed out for a warm up...
11-16-10, 11:42 PM
Replies: 920
Views: 186,397
Posted By silentben

Is this the steed that got you the sub-20 old la...

Is this the steed that got you the sub-20 old la honda time? Nice!
11-08-10, 11:16 AM
Replies: 4,179
Views: 260,285
Posted By silentben

Beautiful pics Sagebum! Yesterday I got wet...

Beautiful pics Sagebum!

Yesterday I got wet and muddy on the road bike. After eyeing the skies all morning I finally spotted a break in the clouds and headed out a little after 3:00pm. As I was...
10-31-10, 11:26 PM
Replies: 4,179
Views: 260,285
Posted By silentben

Went nowhere in particular today and took my...

Went nowhere in particular today and took my fiance's point and shoot camera along with me. 22 miles, 2800', 12.6mph. http://app.strava.com/rides/212588
...
10-31-10, 11:06 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 917
Posted By silentben

Finally made it out to one of the lowkeys! I had...

Finally made it out to one of the lowkeys! I had planned to do Montebello but never RSVP'd and then it filled up. I had planned to do Sierra but it was cancelled. So I wasn't about to let a few...
10-26-10, 09:43 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,969
Posted By silentben

I'm in. Sounds like a perfect way to celebrate!

I'm in. Sounds like a perfect way to celebrate!
10-11-10, 02:39 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,969
Posted By silentben

Also congrats to dl33 who was plagued by stomach...

Also congrats to dl33 who was plagued by stomach issues on a couple longer rides but bounced back to finish three doubles. Now you never have to ride longer than 120 miles in a day again! Just out...
10-11-10, 02:35 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,969
Posted By silentben

Congrats Ron! It was in large part you and your...

Congrats Ron! It was in large part you and your CTC jersey that inspired me to ride my first double centuries this year (Solvang, Davis, and Terrible Two)
10-08-10, 10:12 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,719
Posted By silentben

The biggest problem with driving to the start of...

The biggest problem with driving to the start of a ride is getting there only to realize you forgot the helmet (or sunglasses, gloves, front wheel)
10-07-10, 02:59 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,435
Posted By silentben

I counted about 60000' of climbing in the 12 days...

I counted about 60000' of climbing in the 12 days between Sep 24 and Oct 5. And only 380 miles :eek:

(source: http://www.strava.com/athletes/5445)

Nice work! I'm going to go eat some cookies...
09-28-10, 05:03 PM
Replies: 4,179
Views: 260,285
Posted By silentben

Ooh, telemetries! I like.

Ooh, telemetries! I like.
09-09-10, 10:01 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 809
Posted By silentben

Well granted he did post it a week ago...

Well granted he did post it a week ago (http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php?677114-Some-Say-I-Am-Quite-Mad-You-Know) .. not that late of notice! Sadly I am missing this due to work. Have a...
09-07-10, 04:00 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 10,064
Posted By silentben

Hey pirate, This segment is dirt/gravel (1.5...

Hey pirate,

This segment is dirt/gravel (1.5 miles)

http://bikeroutetoaster.com/Course.aspx?course=175963

The gravel is tightly compacted in most place and it's navigable on skinny tires...
09-02-10, 03:08 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,396
Posted By silentben

Sounds like a fun time! What time are you...

Sounds like a fun time! What time are you thinking of doing the Bohlman loop?
08-30-10, 05:55 PM
Replies: 4,179
Views: 260,285
Posted By silentben

Spent the weekend camping on the Yuba River up by...

Spent the weekend camping on the Yuba River up by Grass Valley. I've gone up here for 3 out of the last 4 summers but it was about 20 degrees colder than usual. It was cloudy all day Saturday and...
08-30-10, 05:36 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 728
Posted By silentben

I'm planning to be there but probably won't buy...

I'm planning to be there but probably won't buy anything due to being on the bike (no panniers or backpack)
08-24-10, 01:59 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 780
Posted By silentben

It was only mid 90s during my commute home...

It was only mid 90s during my commute home yesterday but it was GLORIOUS! :D

I like the heat so much that I'm planning on doing a century on my commute home today (Cupertino to Los Gatos via...
08-24-10, 01:49 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,025
Posted By silentben

Already have plans this weekend *sigh*. I get in...

Already have plans this weekend *sigh*. I get in like 90% of my miles Monday through Friday. Have fun!
08-16-10, 09:30 PM
Replies: 4,179
Views: 260,285
Posted By silentben

This looks amazing! Thanks for posting

This looks amazing! Thanks for posting
08-06-10, 09:40 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 940
Posted By silentben

I have yet to volunteer (although I suckered my...

I have yet to volunteer (although I suckered my girlfriend for doing it at the Death Ride last year) but somehow I know you'll have a ton of fun. Taking pictures is an awesome idea too :thumb:
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